September 12, 2005

The Honorable Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Madam Secretary:

September 12, 2005

The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States
The White House
Washington, DC 20050

Dear Mr. President:

Local Voices Report Cover

In 2005, with generous funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the LWVEF launched "Local Voices: Citizen Conversations on Civil Liberties and Secure Communities." This project had three main components: public deliberations in ten communities across the country, focus groups and quantitative public opinion research to explore attitudes and values toward homeland security and civil liberties. The findings the Local Voices project are chronicled in this report.

A healthy League regards fundraising more as a matter of fund development, a process of building long-term relationships with your League?s supporters, in order to build a base of support that will sustain, for the long-term, the broad range of work your League accomplishes in issue advocacy, voter service, and citizen education and engagement.

The Ten Immutable Laws of the (Fundraising) Universe

by Carl Richardson

Effective Meetings with Members of Congress


June 24, 2005

A face-to-face meeting with a member of Congress is one of the best ways to influence his or her position. Below are some tips to help you prepare and plan for your next meeting with a member of Congress.

Before the Meeting

A 52-page, downloadable PDF fundraising handbook to help League leaders develop strategies and relationship building skills. 

Web Resources for the Savvy Fundraiser


Foundations / Corporations & Proposals:
The Foundation Center
The Council on Foundations
Community Foundation locator: http://www.communityfoundationlocator.org/search/index.cfm

All League leaders have a role to play in building and sustaining a strong membership base. The membership chair and the membership committee may be responsible for implementing the League's day-to-day recruitment and retention activities, but their success depends on everyone's participation. The following tips for membership growth should become an integral part of the League work.

Job description and tips for the position of Membership Chair. The Membership Chair recruits and involves members in League activities.

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